GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
511 Reviews
3.6
511 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance for the most part but does depend on local management (in 52 reviews)

  • Great work environment, friendly co-workers, safe woking conditions (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • like any pharma, very high pressure; tough to establish work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Senior management is completely closed off from the rest of the company and has no idea what is going on (in 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Global Multi Channel Marketing Director

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    Current Employee - Global MCM Director in New Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Global MCM Director in New Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good at supporting career development

    Cons

    Changes in headcount and structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good exposure at GSk

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good employee benefits such as gym in office. Has a lot of training programmes available.

    Cons

    Location is not convenient and buses are not provided from near home area for full timers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was a great experience working with GlaxoSmithKline

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    Former Employee - IT Ambassador in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Ambassador in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Team Environment, The compensation is really good and office culture is great

    Cons

    There is nothing I would list as cons, as it was a great time working with GSK

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Full Time Positions should be available

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Systems Support Analyst

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    Former Employee - Systems Support Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Support Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great training opportunity, Flexible schedule, good compensation

    Cons

    Tenure based instead of performance based.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    good company

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Harlow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Harlow, England (UK)

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits
    good work environment
    great people

    Cons

    too many reorganisations and lay-offs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, work from home, opportunities available

    Cons

    Heavy workload, but that is job security

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    An excellent opportunity for skill and character development.

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    Former Employee - Industrial Placement (Medicinal Chemistry) in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Industrial Placement (Medicinal Chemistry) in Stevenage, England (UK)

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Provided extremely valuable experience that is unattainable in any other environment. Allowed for guided personal development whilst also sufficient freedom was given to make it feel as if one was directly contributing towards a worthy goal.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive compensation compared to similar companies. It was often observed that the people in control of the cancellation or continuation of a project were somewhat disconnected and not fully up to date with all the significant details and results. Industrial placement students often felt mistreated and undervalued with poor consistency between supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better training to ensure greater homogeneity between supervisors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I loved working for this company.

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    Former Employee - Audit Manager, R&D Internal Audit in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Audit Manager, R&D Internal Audit in Phila, PA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    GSK is staff-oriented. Management seeks to empower staff to be the best they can be in their roles. To this end, GSK offers in-depth training, professional development and career path guidance. The pay and perks are excellent, not to mention the time-off structure, flexible work hours and friendly, competent, highly educated and motivated staff.

    Cons

    There is a distinct lack of upward mobility since GSK began downsizing five or so years ago. Competition for manager, director, positions is highly competitive. This forces staff to move laterally, stay in their same position for years, or leave the company to seek better opportunities. This is a shame since it costs GSK in talent and key knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none at this time.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent support system from management, good benefits, fun job when you work hard,

    Cons

    Very big. Need to live near corporate to advance within company,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more work from home options for employees that have a great skill set but are unable to easily live near one of the corporate centers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Focus on breadth

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    Current Employee - Procurement Leadership Development Program Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Procurement Leadership Development Program Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Globally focused, nurturing culture, strong and diverse product portfolio, strong emphasis on maintaining healthy work-life balances. The company allows you to do so and encourages it. Great benefits: 401K with up to 6% match, Pension Plan and generous vacation time according to US standards.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy as I'd expect from any large company. Top heavy company with too few workers. Long term employees overpaid and unambitious. The company does offer great benefits and as such creates an atmosphere of "golden handcuffs"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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